Nashville News and Notes for FRIDAY

Charlie Daniels Hospitalized For Pneumonia, Pacemaker Surgery


Charlie Daniels is recovering from pacemaker implant surgery.  The singer was admitted to a Nashville area hospital earlier this week, after visiting the doctor on Monday.  Charlie says he just wasn't feeling well and wanted to get checked out.  Doctors said he had a mild case of pneumonia and sent him to the hospital to undergo more tests, which is how they discovered his irregular heartbeat.  Daniels is expected to be released from the facility on Friday, and has been ordered to spend the next two weeks resting at home.  Charlie says he's "thankful the doctors found the problem" and have been able to treat him.  He adds that he's "feeling so much better" now, and is looking forward to spending Easter with his family.


Daniels' medical situation is forcing him to cancel his planned Easter service performance at Middle Tennessee State University's Murphy Center in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.  He's also postponed a couple of other shows.  The Charlie Daniels Band's concerts in Englewood, New Jersey on April 5th and in Newark, Ohio on April 6th will be rescheduled.  The group is expected to resume performing with a show in Lynchburg, Virginia on April 11th.


David Allan Coe Out Of Hospital, Postpones More Shows


David Allan Coe is postponing more shows as he continues to heal from injuries suffered in a recent car crash.  Florida's says the 73-year-old country star has been released from the hospital.  His rep adds that the singer is "doing fine," and is "at home recovering."  The other driver involved in the crash, who arrived at the hospital following the March 19th crash in serious condition, is now out of the hospital as well.  Coe is said to be at fault in the accident.  Witnesses have said that he ran a red light, and a semi -- which had the right-of-way -- crashed into Coe's SUV.  Coe has been cited for the traffic violation.


Initially Coe only postponed a couple of shows.  But he's now rescheduling dates through mid April, including tonight's concert at Billy Bob's Texas in Fort Worth.  Rodney Parker & 50 Peso Reward has been tapped to fill in. says ticket holders will be given refunds, and they're also welcome to see the Parker show at no charge.  Additional information on Coe's schedule is available at


Willie Nelson Supporting Same-Sex Marriage


Willie Nelson is adding his voice to the support of same-sex marriage.  The country legend tells "Texas Monthly" he's always believed that "people are people," and he thinks the current debate over same sex marriage is "ridiculous."  In regards to holy matrimony, the four-times married singer admits he's "been there and back a few times" and "it's not perfect, so why should we expect it to be perfect for everybody."  However, he "absolutely" believes that everybody should have the opportunity to formally, officially, and legally tie the knot -- but humorously adds that he'd "never marry a guy" he "didn't like."


Willie calls it "crazy" that "for same-sex couples, taxes are different, benefits are different, survivor benefits are different."  He also sees the current state of the situation as "a mess."  Nelson explains that the Supreme Court is in a tough spot, because same-sex marriage is legal in select states.  He questions, "What are they going to do, come in and override states that have said it's okay?"  Willie says that over the course of his life being gay or straight, married or not married "was never a question, and "now there's fussin', fightin', and arguin' over it."  He adds that he's ready to see the issue resolved, so the nation can "get off that and talk about guns."


Blake Shelton Helps Wish "Late Night" Audience A Happy Easter


Blake Shelton is in a new band.  The Chickeneers made their debut on NBC's "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" on Thursday to perform a special Easter inspired cover of The Lumineers' hit "Ho Hey."


The four-member group -- all dressed in chicken suits -- also featured Jimmy Fallon, who clucked the lead on the first verse, and "Parks and Recreation" star Nick Offerman.  Following the song, a wide shot of the stage also showed "Late Night" announcer Steve Higgins standing next to a giant rabbit, and the message "Happy Easter from Late Night" appeared on the screen.


Shelton was the night's musical guest.  Later in the show he returned to the stage in more conventional attire to perform his hit "Sure Be Cool If You Did."


Keith Urban Performs On "American Idol"


Keith Urban is proving he can do more than just critique singers.  On Thursday the country star and "American Idol" judge took the stage on the Fox reality show to perform his hit "Long Hot Summer."


Following the song "Idol" host Ryan Seacrest went to judges Randy Jackson, Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey for feedback, which they didn't seem to expect.  After registering their surprise, they all gave Keith raves.  Mariah -- who was holding a sign reading "#1 Keith Fan" during his performance -- called him "amazing" while Randy said Urban was "beyond Hollywood."  Keith had just announced his "Idol" performance Wednesday via Twitter, tweeting that he was "psyched" about playing.  He also joked as if it was his audition, adding that he hoped "Randy and the girls put me through!!!"


Taylor Swift To Guest Star On Season Finale Of "New Girl"


Taylor Swift is stepping in front of the cameras again.  The country star has been tapped to appear in the season two finale of the Fox comedy "New Girl."  "The Hollywood Reporter" says Taylor will be playing an "important guest" at the wedding of Hannah Simone's character Cece on the May 14th finale -- alongside the show's stars Zooey Deschanel, Jake Johnson and Max Greenfield.  The "New Girl" guest appearance will be the second television role of the singer's career.  The last time she dipped into the TV acting world was on a 2009 episode of "CSI."  She has also hosted and performed on "Saturday Night Live," appeared in the movie "Valentine's Day," and lent her voice to the animated film "The Lorax." 


The seven-time Grammy winner is the latest high-profile guest star to drop in on "The New Girl," joining Olivia Munn, Rob Reiner, Jamie Lee Curtis, Nate Corddry and Brooklyn Decker.


The Band Perry Unveil Another "Pioneer" Song


The Band Perry is giving fans yet another sample of their upcoming album, "Pioneer."  The sibling trio unveiled the song "Mother Like Mine" Thursday in a exclusive.


The Band Perry has already released two singles from the project -- the chart-topper "Better Dig Two" and their latest hit, "DONE."  And this weekend Kimberly Perry and her brothers Neil and Reid will be giving their new music a special showcase before a special audience.  The group is slated to play a free concert in their hometown of Greeneville, Tennessee on Saturday.  The Band Perry's sophomore album "Pioneer" will arrive in stores on April 2nd.


Carrie Underwood Admits To Concerns About "Cadillacs" Video


Carrie Underwood admits she was a little nervous about her clip for the hit "Two Black Cadillacs."  The country singer says she always previews her videos for friends and family members, and her mom's reaction to this clip wasn't what she expected.


Underwood's "Two Black Cadillacs" video was inspired by Stephen King's "Christine," which is about a car that starts killing people.  Carrie explains that she was worried her fans might not understand the video, since her mom had a hard time with it.  But she says her fears were unfounded, and her fans love it.


Justin Moore Credits Wife For Choosing Successful Singles


Justin Moore says his wife's advice has once again been proven correct.  The country singer admits Kate urged him to release "'Til My Last Day" as a single -- and it recently became his third chart-topping hit.


Moore praises Kate's track record for picking his number one hits.  He says she previously told him "Small Town U.S.A." and "If Heaven Wasn't So Far Away" would top the charts, and they did.  Justin adds that her accuracy has him a little worried about his latest single, "Point At You," which she's said "could be a number one."  Moore is concerned that she's hedging a bit by saying "could be," explaining that it's "not as concrete" as she was with the other three songs.


Brad Paisley, LL Cool J Team Up For Two Songs


Brad Paisley is swapping songs with LL Cool J.  The rapper tells they've collaborated on two songs -- one which will appear on Paisley's new record and one that will be on his upcoming album.  He describes the Paisley track, called "Accidental Racist," as "very thought provoking and very interesting."  LL Believes it will "get a lot of attention" but is reluctant to say more because he doesn't want to spoil it for everyone.  The rapper doesn't name the track they recorded for his record, but says Brad contributes vocals as well as guitar.  He also insists it's not a "a gimmicky thing."  LL explains that he let Paisley sing on something he felt the country star "would sound cool on," and he wanted Brad to play guitar on the track "because musicianship is a huge part of this record."  LL Cool J's "Authentic" will be in stores on April 30th.  Paisley's "Wheelhouse" will arrive on April 9th.


Rascal Flatts' Jay DeMarcus Recalls Band's Breakthrough


Rascal Flatts' Jay DeMarcus still remembers when he felt like the trio had their breakthrough.  He says it was shortly after they released the single "I'm Movin' On," when they made their Grand Ole Opry debut.


Jay says the reaction to their show made a strong impression on him.  He explains that it was the moment he realized Rascal Flatts was "kind of doing something special here," and that they didn't simply have "a couple top ten singles" to their credit but had recorded a song that "has really impacted people now."  "I'm Movin' On" was the fourth single from Rascal Flatts' 2000 self-titled debut.  Jay and bandmates Joe Don Rooney and Gary LeVox officially became Grand Ole Opry members in October 2011.  Rascal Flatts will be performing on the Opry this Saturday night.


Today In Country Music History


Today in 1960, Tootsie's Orchid Lounge opened in Nashville.


Today in 1968, Glen Campbell got a big break when CBS announced he would host the "Summer Replacement Variety Hour" to fill the Smothers Brothers' timeslot.


Today in 1971, the "Amos Moses" single by Jerry Reed was certified Gold.


Today in 1989, Roy Orbison's "Mystery Girl" album was certified Gold and Platinum.


Today in 1991, the "Pickin' On Nashville" video by Kentucky Headhunters was certified Gold.


Today in 1996, Diamond Rio hit number one on the charts with the single "Walkin' Away."


Today in 1998, Shania Twain began her first headlining tour in Sudbury, Ontario.


Today in 1998, Martina McBride and her husband John welcomed their second daughter, Emma Justine.


Today in 1999, Wynonna Judd performed at a special benefit in Los Angeles to raise money for the fight against the oppression of women in Afghanistan.


Today in 2000, Faith Hill's "Breathe" album was certified triple-Platinum.


Today in 2003, Carolyn Dawn Johnson exchanged vows with her longtime boyfriend, Matt Fisher, in Banff, Alberta, Canada.


Today in 2003, Jennifer Hanson gave a benefit concert for the Officers' Wives' Club at Fort Campbell, Kentucky.


Today in 2005, "Nashville Star" judge Phil Vassar took a turn performing on the show.  In addition, host LeAnn Rimes joined judge Bret Michaels to sing "Every Rose Has Its Thorn," Michaels' hit with his band, Poison.


Today in 2005, Terri Clark took part in distributing "hospital survival packs" to the families of patients in the Leukemia and Lymphoma Wing of Nashville's Vanderbilt Hospital.


Today in 2005, Trace Adkins announced a new partnership with the Waffle House restaurant chain in conjunction with his summer tour.


Today in 2005, the Bellamy Brothers album "Angels & Outlaws Volume 1," Billy Dean's CD "Let Them Be Little," Doug Stone's "In A Different Light," and the dualdisc of Gretchen Wilson's "Here For The Party" arrived in stores.


Today in 2007, Rascal Flatts' video "Stand" had its premiere on CMT's "Top 20 Countdown."


Today in 2007, Alabama frontman Randy Owen, Blaine Larsen, and The Bellamy Brothers were among those who took part in the 5th annual Lane Brody Charity Concert at The Gibson Showcase in Nashville.  The event raised money for Walden's Puddle, a Tennessee wildlife center that provides care and treatment for animals that have been hurt or abandoned.


Today in 2007, Little Big Town's publicist confirmed that band member Phillip Sweet married his girlfriend, wardrobe stylist Rebecca Arthur, in a private ceremony that week at Cedar Vine Manor, a bed and breakfast in Lebanon, Tennessee.


Today in 2008, Phil Stacey made his Grand Ole Opry debut.


Today in 2011, new releases included Dierks Bentley's digital single "Am I The Only One," Willie Nelson, Wynton Marsalis, and Norah Jones' album "Here We Go Again: Celebrating the Genius of Ray Charles," and the reissue of George Jones' 1965 disc "Mr. Country & Western Music."


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